Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Release Day Review: The Blueprint by S.E. Harmon

the-blueprintTitle ~ The Blueprint

Author ~ S.E. Harmon

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 13th March 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don’t fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely don’t fall in love with your best friend.

NFL standout Britton “Blue” Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. From his father, who’s only interested in Blue’s football career. From his coaches, who just want him to play without getting injured again. From the fans. From his agent. And from his mother, who has popped up on the radar after leaving his family years before. And now his relationship with Kelly is on shaky ground, and that frightens Blue more than anything.

When Kelly admits he’s in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what’s really important. He doesn’t want to lose the number-one person in his life, but the cost to keep Kelly close might be more than he’s willing to pay.

It’s a good thing his nickname is the Blueprint—it’s time to draft a new set of plans.

 

Freya’s Review

Blue and Kelly have been best friends since school. One is straight, one gay. Blue and Kelly know this about each other. Only along the way, Kelly fell in love with Blue. Blue grew up to be a star NFL player. He had a life plan, and it didn’t include a male lover. The thing with Blue is that no man is good enough for his best friend. Perhaps there’s a reason.

The Blueprint has a simple but effective concept and is the kind of story that one will stay up to the wee hours to finish. I have enjoyed several novels written by this author, and this one is no different.

The story starts in attention-grabbing fashion with Kelly’s boyfriend proposing to him, in public, in the middle of a football game. Events quickly go downhill from there.

When there are lines like this:

I was as delusional and optimistic as any Disney princess. It was going to look fantastic on my eHarmony profile. I’d use Snow White as my fucking avatar. She found seven men. Surely I could scrounge up one.

I knew I was in for a good read. In fact, the phrases, are one of the elements that made this book so entertaining.

It is difficult to know what to say without giving away spoilers. So, I’ll start with the technical aspects, which are excellent. The story is told in the first person, with each chapter from either Kelly’s or Blue’s POV. The remainder of the cast isn’t large, but they are used effectively. Also, any dramatic episodes are resolved pretty quickly – page wise rather than timeline wise. This aspect is my only, teeny tiny gripe as, personally, I like my heart to be on edge for more than a page or two. Having said that, I know many readers will appreciate fewer palpitations.

I liked Kelly; he’s a smart-mouthed geek who teaches physics. He’s no pushover, though he’d do anything for Blue. The man is Kelly’s weakness. Blue is a good guy. He’s also a man who wants his cake and eat it. Blue doesn’t want anyone else to have Kelly, but he is convinced it is best for them to be friends rather than lovers. Which sucks for Kelly, and I felt for him.

Both men use different strategies on the other. Kelly uses the carrot method, which is fine, but it takes its toll on him personally. Blue, is more like his physique – a bull – he sees what he wants and takes it. They know each other so well. Know what buttons to press and know a tactic when they see one. They don’t intentionally play cat and mouse. It’s more like a game of chess with higher stakes.

I can’t honestly pinpoint a specific aspect about this novel that had me hooked. It was a case of there was something on each page that kept me turning to the next one. I liked the pace, the phrasing, and the characters. There was also a good balance between show and tell re the scenes. So, there remains one more thing for me to say; if you are a sucker for friends-to-lovers stories get this.

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Meet S.E. Harmon

S.E. Harmon has had a lifelong love affair with writing. It’s been both wonderful and rocky (they've divorced several times), but they always manage to come back together. She's a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts, and used to spend her time writing educational grants. She now splits her days between voraciously reading romance novels and squirreling away someplace to write them. Her current beta reader is a nosy American Eskimo who begrudgingly accepts payment in the form of dog biscuits.

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